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As systemic greed, prejudice, and disconnection runs amuck, a non-profit troupe of musicians, presenters & activists are touring the Pacific Northwest in early July to “cultivate relationship, create safe space for expression, and help expand our communion with the natural world.”

To improve sewer system reliability, King County will begin a project on Monday, July 10, to upgrade four aging pump stations that serve Bunker Trail on north Vashon Island.

Vashon Community Care is thrilled two-term board member Bettie Edwards is running for Vashon’s Unofficial  Mayor.  Our residents are involved in every aspect of Bettie’s campaign - from baking cookies for the Saturday Market on July 8th and 15th,  to making the donation jars you’ll see at IGA, Pandora’s, Ace Hardware and other businesses. 

Mike said, “It sounds like babies crying.”  We were walking home from Cove on a cold Fall night, having been on a snipe hunt  where you take some guy or girl out in the woods and down to the bottom of the canyon and hand them a gunny sack and stick.  A snipe is a furry little creature with wings like a bird, though it cannot fly and only comes out at night.

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us. The Cornerstone Values are a set of principles that provide guidance and lessons to all Harbor School students through their academic achievements and peer relationships.

Vashon Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce they have received $40,000 in funding from three sources. Two of the grants will support initial development of two new areas of service.

The Vashon Senior Center is an attraction to volunteers offering a fine assortment of opportunities to interact with islanders richly endowed by experience. Smiling abounds as people focus on group activities such as knitting, singing, playing various games and offering opinions on the state of Vashon and on lesser districts such as world affairs.

The Ellisport History Project committee, chaired by Carla Okigwe, has been researching and planning for Ellisport The Hidden History exhibit since 2013. Members are Ellisport residentsMary Bergman,  Steven  Bergman, Marie (Toodie) Blichfeldt, Lynn Carrigan, Bob Estes, Bill Garvin, Bruce Haulman, Ron Irvine, Terry Rice, Linda Stemer.

A historic structure on Vashon Island that tells the story of an entrepreneurial immigrant family -- as well as the devastating effects of relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II -- will be saved.

Bob Jonas, local Vashon author, will be reading from his latest young adult novel, Death Brew at the Vashon Bookstore, June 14, at 6 p.m. Death Brew is a sequel to his last international thriller, Imposter. After reading to a packed audience at this same venue last year, Jonas anticipates another large turnout, filled with readers anxious to hear what has become of Imposter’s main character and his family.

The sticky burning marshmallows were dripping fire as they melted on Brother Mike’s stick, they had been above the coals too long.  He started chasing me around the fire with his flaming marshmallows and I ran until the fire burned through his stick and the end fell off. 

They have been living among us, quietly going about their business taking math exams and waiting in school lunch lines. But Vashonites made the call, and they have answered. Snapping on caps and donning lycra, these goggled crusaders have amassed from the four corners of this fair Island with a single purpose—to Cover Our Pool.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the awarding of more than $860,000 in funding from Best Starts For Kids, for projects that will improve access to healthy foods, safe environments and health care on Vashon-Maury Island.

The Vashon Sheepdog Classic has been providing a chance for spectators to step back in time for seven years. On over 30 acres of breathtaking fields at majestic Misty Isle Farms

For the past few months Vashon Nature Center scientists have been out in the field with Vashon High School sophomores​, researching important questions about our island’s’ wildlife and habitats. Students​ are just wrapping up their citizen science field research this month.

This is being written to put recent events into context and provide history regarding the Commons. The Park District continues to negotiate with the School District regarding the Commons agreement.

There’s no sense picking up a hazelnut that’s been left behind by the squirrels, because the shell will be empty.  This is the first lesson you learn selling hazelnuts.  The squirrels can tell by smell or something that there is nothing inside.

Seeds4Success, a 501(c)3 organization was founded ten years ago to ensure children to adults impacted with disabilities are provided an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become independent, productive, employed and involved community members. 

Vashon Wilderness Program will expand our programs with a new nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds. Coyote Kids is a new place-based, nature immersion program that will meet on the campus of Vashon’s Chautauqua Elementary on late start Thursdays when teachers are engaged in staff development.

Mr. Spaulding was a mean old man who didn’t like kids and us kids made him mean.  He wore a worn out old fedora and was our school bus driver on the Cove/Colvos run in 1949.   Hubert Spaulding lived down the worst road on Vashon, the Burma Road.  It was so steep and twisty that the school bus didn’t even go down there.  The kids who lived down Burma Road walked out.

At All Island Forum meetings we take the questions, What’s like it for you? What’s it like for me?, as purposeful leverage points to grow our capacity and health in community. In 2017, AIF has been convening almost monthly since the maelstrom hit us hard in pre-inauguration and continues as the resistance digs in for the long-haul.

“Celebrate Springer!” marks the 15th anniversary of the dramatic rescue in the waters off of Vashon Island of the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) and the heroic efforts by Washington and British Columbia teams working together to return her safely to her home 300 miles north in Johnstone Strait at the north end of Vancouver Island.

I could see “old crooked neck” sneaking thru the grass off to my left.  He was out in front of the dogs, running in a crouch with his head canted to one side, because he had a broken neck, which is why we called him “old crooked neck”

“Doing all the writing” was a lot of work, but “interviewing David Gruenewald and learning history was a lot of fun.”  This is the opinion of partners Neve DeVoght and Julianna Steffans whose entry, “Matsuda Farm History Project” took first place in the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s “Vashon Story History Contest.” Winners were celebrated at an awards party at the Heritage Museum Friday evening, April 21.